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Thus, a thesis presents your position on some topic in your field of study, and it therefore includes argument presenting evidence and, where appropriate, critical examination of opposed positions on that topic. Unlike the typical research paper, then, the thesis will present and defend a view that is distinctively your own. At an even more general level, we could say that an Honors Thesis is an opportunity to work closely with a faculty member on research that brings to a conclusion your undergraduate experience.
You will most likely find it to be the most exciting, fulfilling and rewarding experience of your undergraduate career. The first step in writing a thesis is to contact your academic advisor, or any other potential thesis advisor, early in your junior year to discuss your ideas and interests. Needless to say, any faculty member in your department might also provide suggestions on securing a thesis advisor.
The links in the right column will act as your guide throughout the process. On it, you will find important dates, people who can act as guides, a schedule of workshops, the official guidelines for constructing your thesis for publication, and other helpful information. If you have any questions regarding information presented on the Honors Thesis webpages, or about any of the events, please contact your academic advisor at the Filene Center. Navigation menu.
Academics Academics. Faculty Directory. During the academic year, students registered in credit-bearing thesis courses may apply for an Honors Thesis Grant from the Hamel Center. No problem! Honors Students can access Extended Time borrowing privileges at Dimond Library, which are otherwise reserved for faculty and graduate students. Thesis-writers have an opportunity to join a support group during the challenging and sometimes isolating period of writing a thesis.
Learn more about thesis support here. Your advisor sets the standards, due dates, and grades for your project. It must earn at least a B in order to qualify for Honors. All students must publicly present their research prior to graduation. Many present at the Undergraduate Research Conference in April; other departmentally-approved public events are also acceptable.
Honors students are asked to make their thesis papers available on scholars. This creates a resource for future students and other researchers, and also helps students professionalize their online personas. These theses are publicly available online. Students may also publish research in Inquiry , UNH's undergraduate research journal. Honors Degree Honors Thesis. Honors Thesis. What do theses look like?
The Honors student may choose to do a thesis that focuses on content Within her major if double majoring, in either major Outside her major, as an interdisciplinary project In a creative mode The Honors Program does have requirements regarding the format of the completed thesis or project. Frequently asked questions about the Honors Thesis » Recent honors theses topics include the following: Effects of occupational therapy exercises on fine motor progression among preschool-aged children with and without Autism B.
Psychology Can I trust me to trust you? The influence of self-esteem on brand trust B. Business Diagonal chromatic number of a maximal planar graph of diameter three with twelve vertices B. English Long-lasting insecticide treated bed nets confer indirect protective effects against malaria in sub-Saharan Africa B. Biological Sciences. Apply To Honors. Honors Blog. What Makes Us Strong. Quick Links. Primary Navigation. Information For. Unlike the typical research paper, then, the thesis will present and defend a view that is distinctively your own.
At an even more general level, we could say that an Honors Thesis is an opportunity to work closely with a faculty member on research that brings to a conclusion your undergraduate experience. You will most likely find it to be the most exciting, fulfilling and rewarding experience of your undergraduate career.
The first step in writing a thesis is to contact your academic advisor, or any other potential thesis advisor, early in your junior year to discuss your ideas and interests. Needless to say, any faculty member in your department might also provide suggestions on securing a thesis advisor. The links in the right column will act as your guide throughout the process.
On it, you will find important dates, people who can act as guides, a schedule of workshops, the official guidelines for constructing your thesis for publication, and other helpful information. If you have any questions regarding information presented on the Honors Thesis webpages, or about any of the events, please contact your academic advisor at the Filene Center.
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It is targeted at students in the humanities and social sciences, since their theses tend to involve more writing than projects in the hard sciences. Yet all thesis writers may find the organizational strategies helpful. That depends quite a bit on your field of study. However, all honors theses have at least two things in common:. In general, students who are at the end of their junior year, have an overall 3.
For information about your eligibility, contact:. Satisfy your intellectual curiosity This is the most compelling reason to write a thesis. Develop transferable skills Whether you choose to stay in your field of study or not, the process of developing and crafting a feasible research project will hone skills that will serve you well in almost any future job.
After all, most jobs require some form of problem solving and oral and written communication. Writing an honors thesis requires that you:. Writing a thesis offers the opportunity to work one-on-one with a with faculty adviser. Such mentors can enrich your intellectual development and later serve as invaluable references for graduate school and employment. Writing a sociology thesis would open a window into that world.
It also might help you decide whether to pursue that field in graduate school or in your future career. Look for examples from the previous year in the Carolina Digital Repository. You may also be able to find past theses collected in your major department or at the North Carolina Collection in Wilson Library.
Pay special attention to theses written by students who share your major. Ideally, you should start thinking about topics early in your junior year, so you can begin your research and writing quickly during your senior year. Many departments require that you submit a proposal for an honors thesis project during the spring of your junior year.
The senior year is an exceptionally busy time for college students. Do start strategizing about how to make a time for your thesis. You may need to take a lighter course load or eliminate extracurricular activities. Even if the thesis is the only thing on your plate, you still need to make a systematic schedule for yourself. Most departments require that you take a class that guides you through the honors project, so deadlines likely will be set for you.
Still, you should set your own goals for meeting those deadlines. Here are a few suggestions for goal setting and time management:. Start early. Some goal-setting will be done for you if you are taking a required class that guides you through the honors project. But any substantive research project requires a clear timetable. Set clear goals in making a timetable. Find out the final deadline for turning in your project to your department.
Working backwards from that deadline, figure out how much time you can allow for the various stages of production. Avoid falling into the trap of procrastination. For some tips on how to do this, see our handout on procrastination.
The important thing is to accomplish a bit of active production i. That way, you develop good writing habits that will help you keep your project moving forward. Since most of you will be taking a required thesis seminar, you will have deadlines. Yet you might want to form a writing group or enlist a peer reader, some person or people who can help you stick to your goals. One of the biggest challenges of a lengthy writing project is keeping the creative juices flowing.
Try keeping a small notebook handy where you jot down stray ideas that pop into your head. Or schedule time to freewrite. Here are some questions to stimulate freewriting. For some general suggestions on finding sources, consult the UNC Libraries tutorials. We sit down with our research materials and plunder them for basic facts and useful quotations. That mechanical type of information-recording is important. But a more thoughtful type of writing and analytical thinking is also essential at this stage.
Some general guidelines for note-taking:. First of all, develop a research system. There are lots of ways to take and organize your notes. Whether you choose to use note cards, computer databases, or notebooks, follow two cardinal rules:. Abbreviated subject heading: Include two or three words to remind you of what this sources is about this shorthand categorization is essential for the later sorting of your sources.
Your interpretation of the source: This is the most important part of note-taking. Go ahead and take a stab at interpreting them. As historians Jacques Barzun and Henry F. Ask yourself questions about the context and significance of each source. Interpreting the context of a source:. Why do we often dread drafting?
We dread drafting because it requires synthesis, one of the more difficult forms of thinking and interpretation. Here are some tips on how to get started:. Now, you need to refine those categories and sort your evidence. Formulate working arguments for your entire thesis and individual chapters. But a senior thesis is big and potentially unwieldy. If you leave this business of argument to chance, you may end up with a tangle of ideas. See our handout on arguments and handout on thesis statements for some general advice on formulating arguments.
Divide your thesis into manageable chunks. Typically, preparation for the Honors Thesis starts in the junior year and finishes in the senior year. In the spring semester of their junior year, students find a mentor and write a proposal for their project which must be approved by the Research Committee of the Honors Council. They then conduct research or scholarship for their project, usually into the Fall semester of their senior year. They write up the project and present their work at the SURE Conference in the spring semester, as they graduate with their Honors degree.
The Honors Thesis process is documented in the Thesis Handbook , which also contains appropriate forms for students and faculty mentors. Related Links. Reh School of Business Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering Earl R.